Tim Velten, who was promoted to the Varsity soccer head coach after assistant coaching for Tim Cashel for five years, saw his players win their first game of the season 4-1 against Glendale at SLUH Field on Aug. 31.
Velten played soccer at the University of Indiana as well as when he was a WGHS student.
Some of Velten’s goals for the season are for the team to get better everyday, to have fun and to keep moving in the direction towards success.
Ben Sehr, senior on Varsity soccer team, has similar views to Velten.
“I like him; he’s a good coach. He gives me high hopes for the season,” Sehr said.
“Much will be similar to the last coach as we had many of the same ideas and philosophies. I will just be putting my own personal touch on things,” Velten said.
Growing up in Webster Groves has given Velten a more personal love for the community. He graduated from WGHS in 2002 and now works as a PE and health teacher at Avery Elementary School. Though Velten said it can be difficult coordinating schedules with Avery and the high school, he manages and makes the time for everything.
The team this year will be 20-24 players, and it is very important to Velten to keep all of the athletes healthy and injury free.
Since Velten was a former player, in high school and college, he has a deeper understanding of how challenging it can be for the athletes. This is why having fun is a top priority, Velten said.
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